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A Complete Introduction to Disco

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Universal UK continues its Complete Introduction series -- which has showcased Northern soul, Tamla/Motown, Chess, and progressive rock -- with an overview of disco that spans the '70s, tracing proto-disco through early strains of post-disco. It's not a lazy trawl through the vast Universal catalog. Instead, the compilers pulled up a broad range of popular and obscure '70s dance music, a fair amount of which had to be licensed, and squeezed as much as possible into four discs. (The combined dead space between the discs is less than five minutes.) Its roughly chronological sequence illustrates disco's origins and its peak period, and points toward its continued evolution, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Universal UK continues its Complete Introduction series -- which has showcased Northern soul, Tamla/Motown, Chess, and progressive rock -- with an overview of disco that spans the '70s, tracing proto-disco through early strains of post-disco. It's not a lazy trawl through the vast Universal catalog. Instead, the compilers pulled up a broad range of popular and obscure '70s dance music, a fair amount of which had to be licensed, and squeezed as much as possible into four discs. (The combined dead space between the discs is less than five minutes.) Its roughly chronological sequence illustrates disco's origins and its peak period, and points toward its continued evolution, demonstrating that it wasn't some fad that materialized out of thin air and suddenly vanished. This is one of those rare sets that works for casual and fanatical listeners alike. The former should be overwhelmed by the bounty of big hits -- the O'Jays' "Backstabbers," KC & the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight," Diana Ross' "Love Hangover," and Vickie Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around" among them -- and struck by the quality level of the unfamiliar songs, which merely hints at disco's variety and depth. (If there is a bottom, it must be too far down to hear a digger's screams.) Expert-level disco heads might scoff at the notion of Cher mixing it up with Manu Dibango and Slick, but the lack of elitism is part of what makes the box special; besides, those who pick it up to plug a few holes could come away with a new level of appreciation for the crossover stuff. While imperfections can be pinpointed (nothing from the Prelude or West End labels, nothing from the mighty duo of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, not enough Syndrum laser beams, or whatever), they would be nitpicks. The accompanying booklet is a small treasure itself. Its 35 pages are filled with images of the sleeves and labels, comprehensive songwriting, production, year of release, and label credits, and track-by-track commentary from a wide range of artists, DJs, and writers (including Tom Moulton, Jody Watley, and Arthur Baker). Most libraries, private and public, should own a copy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 600753285145
  • Catalog Number: 5328514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra (4:04)
  2. 2 Backstabbers - The O'Jays (3:04)
  3. 3 Law of the Land (5:03)
  4. 4 Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango (4:26)
  5. 5 Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys - The Equals (2:50)
  6. 6 Hot Pants...I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming - Bobby Byrd (2:26)
  7. 7 Get Ready - Rare Earth (2:47)
  8. 8 Beggin' (2:48)
  9. 9 Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone (2:22)
  10. 10 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers (3:14)
  11. 11 Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes (3:16)
  12. 12 Tell Me What You Want - Jimmy Ruffin (3:14)
  13. 13 Hey Girl Come and Get It - The Stylistics (3:33)
  14. 14 Rock Your Baby, Pts. 1-2 - George McCrae (6:24)
  15. 15 Love Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me - Sister Sledge (3:24)
  16. 16 Girl You Need a Change of Mind - Eddie Kendricks (7:32)
  17. 17 Satin Soul - Gene Page (4:25)
  18. 18 Blue Eyed Soul - Carl Douglas (4:49)
  19. 19 Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas (3:30)
  20. 20 Shame Shame Shame - Shirley & Company (3:45)
  21. 21 Machine Gun - The Commodores (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Hustle - The Soul City Symphony (4:04)
  2. 2 Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band (3:09)
  3. 3 Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor (6:20)
  4. 4 It's in His Kiss - Linda Lewis (3:21)
  5. 5 Forever Came Today - The Jackson 5 (6:21)
  6. 6 Walking in Rhythm - The Blackbyrds (4:13)
  7. 7 Dreaming a Dream - Crown Heights Affair (3:32)
  8. 8 It Only Takes a Minute - Tavares (3:56)
  9. 9 Ten Percent - Double Exposure (8:59)
  10. 10 That's Where the Happy People Go - The Trammps (3:16)
  11. 11 Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton (4:06)
  12. 12 Open Sesame - Kool & the Gang (4:01)
  13. 13 Down to Town Love - The Originals (5:55)
  14. 14 Love Hangover - Diana Ross (7:51)
  15. 15 Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson (3:25)
  16. 16 Cherchez la Femme/C'est Si Bon - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (5:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston (5:43)
  2. 2 Let No Man Put Asunder - First Choice (4:25)
  3. 3 Cocomotion - El Coco (5:30)
  4. 4 Love in C Minor - Cerrone (3:43)
  5. 5 I Feel Love - Donna Summer (5:53)
  6. 6 From Here to Eternity - Giorgio (5:59)
  7. 7 Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah) - Chic (3:40)
  8. 8 I Need a Man - Grace Jones (4:57)
  9. 9 Romeo & Juliet - Alec R. Costandinos (4:12)
  10. 10 Risky Changes - Bionic Boogie (7:17)
  11. 11 In the Bush - Musique (7:34)
  12. 12 Let's Start the Dance - Bohannon (5:53)
  13. 13 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester (6:36)
  14. 14 Souvenirs - Voyage (6:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Vertigo/Relight My Fire - Dan Hartman (9:40)
  2. 2 After Dark (7:48)
  3. 3 The Runner - The Three Degrees (3:45)
  4. 4 Take That to the Bank - Shalamar (3:25)
  5. 5 Dance with You - Carrie Lucas (3:24)
  6. 6 Dancer - Gino Soccio (8:25)
  7. 7 Space Bass - Slick (7:05)
  8. 8 Can't Live Without Your Love - Tamiko Jones (7:04)
  9. 9 I Need Your Lovin' - Teena Marie (3:46)
  10. 10 Casanova - Coffee (6:10)
  11. 11 The Boss - Diana Ross (7:23)
  12. 12 Take Me Home - Cher (6:44)
  13. 13 Last Dance - Donna Summer (4:58)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Bohannon Composer
James Brown Composer, Producer
The Commodores Producer
Dan Hartman Producer
Kool & the Gang Composer, Producer
Teena Marie Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Jimmy Ruffin Composer, Producer
Slade Composer
Barry White Composer, Producer
Britton Composer
Cerrone Composer, Producer
Paul Jabara Composer
Len Barry Composer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Van McCoy Composer
Musique Composer
Gene Page Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer, Producer
The Sylvers Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Hamilton Bohannon Producer
Gerald Jackson Composer
Manu Dibango Composer
Patrick Adams Producer
Nick Ashford Producer
Larry Barry Producer
Pete Bellotte Producer
Tony Bongiovi Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Producer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey Composer, Producer
Leonard Caston Composer, Producer
Alec R. Costandinos Producer
Luigi Creatore Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Bob Esty Producer
Richard Finch Producer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Kenny Gamble Producer
Eddy Grant Composer, Producer
Dick Griffey Producer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Norman Harris Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Producer
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
Kenny Lehman Producer
Sandy Linzer Producer
Hugo Peretti Producer
Meco Monardo Producer
Tom Moulton Producer
Barney Perry Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer, Producer
Alan Rubens Producer
Warren Schatz Producer
Valerie Simpson Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer, Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Milan Williams Composer
Ricardo Williams Producer
Earl Young Producer
Randy Muller Composer
Michael Aldred Producer
Dave Crawford Composer, Producer
Larry James Producer
Tamiko Jones Producer
Frank Wilson Producer
Howard Smiley Producer
Eddie OLoughlin Producer
Bill Crowley Producer
Hedley Leyton Producer
Rudy Clark Composer
Costandinos Composer
Whitehead Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer, Producer
Ronald Nathan Bell Producer
Clarence Johnson Producer
Wayne A. Dickson Liner Notes
Gregg Diamond Composer, Producer
Ashford Composer
Sylvester James Composer, Producer
Peter Jackson Composer
McFadden Composer
Peretti Composer
Michael B. Sutton Producer
Steve Bernstein Producer
Mix Machine Producer
Bill Spencer Composer
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